Thanks for writing to us here at TruthBook with your question. You
Do we have to believe both the Bible and the Urantia Book?
There are many people in churches and religions who will tell you
that you must believe in the Bible. And many people do believe
wholeheartedly that everything in the Bible is true and infallible.
And many people believe wholeheartedly in The Urantia Book and its
wonderful teachings...but is there some kind of requirement that we
HAVE TO believe in one or the other - or any book of writings?
We should never make any book into a fetish - and The Urantia Book warns us against this.
If you have read very much of The Urantia Book, you will already know
that the Father in heaven does not ever expect you to believe anything that you
don't want to believe - anything that offends your sense of truth,
goodness, justice, or beauty, for example. But the revelations of the
Father, the revelations of the wonders of the cosmos, the revelation of
the life and teachings of Jesus - these things are presented in such a
beautiful way that most who read them are led to belief - led to faith.
And readers are educated about the "supreme authority" of the religion
of personal spiritual experience - that sublime experience of gaining
real inner proof that God is real and that his spirit lives within us.
That inner experience can tell us that what we have chosen to believe
Nowhere in The Urantia Book are we warned or frightened into
believing something - even believing in God is a matter of our personal
choosing - he never forces us - but there is this passage that
explains it this way:
101:1.7 Thus it may be seen that
religious longings and spiritual urges are not of such a nature as
would merely lead men to want to believe in God, but rather
are they of such nature and power that men are profoundly impressed
with the conviction that they ought to believe in God. The
sense of evolutionary duty and the obligations consequent upon the
illumination of revelation make such a profound impression upon man's
moral nature that he finally reaches that position of mind and that
attitude of soul where he concludes that he has no right not to
believe in God. The higher and superphilosophic wisdom of such
enlightened and disciplined individuals ultimately instructs them that
to doubt God or distrust his goodness would be to prove untrue to the
realest and deepest thing within the human mind and soul—the divine
To me, that is one of the greatest revelations of The Urantia Book -
and maybe it's in the Bible, too. In the end, it seems to be that both
of these books are way-showers to the Father, and Jesus - that is their
main purpose. They point us in the right direction. It's not the book
as much as what the book inspires in the heart of the reader that is
In my opinion, the most important thing to believe in is God and his
- and that belief can be gained without any outside influence like a
book, through personal experience. When we have connected with that
good guiding Spirit-within, we are then free to go where the truth of
our own inner understanding takes us. And let's not forget Jesus' Spirit of Truth, always helping us
recognize the truth...
So, to answer your question: In my opinion: no, we do not have to
believe in either one unless we choose to do so. In my opinion, there
should be no penalty for not believing words on a page. It is time in
our development to put aside pronouncements that people MUST believe
this or that; it's time to cultivate the religion of personal spiritual experience - the religion of Jesus -
and from that foundation, we can be sure to make the right choices in
belief because we will then be guided by God himself and Jesus Spirit
of Truth, aided by the ministry of the Holy Spirit, as we hear his
leadings from deep within our own hearts. And we will be rewarded by
that most sublime inner certainty that we are indeed, believing the
right thing, no matter where we find it - in the Bible, or in The
Urantia Book - or somewhere else!
Thanks again for writing with your question; I hope that this reply
has been helpful.